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There is more to the theatre
than our stage

The name says it all.

We are Birr Theatre AND Arts Centre. The second part of our name means that we support a range of visual art media in our exhibition space and that we deliver regular Arts projects aimed at the local community.

We are always on the look-out for innovative, distinctive and inspiring work to share with our local patrons. Should you wish to exhibit in the theatre check out our open call document.

Explore our current selection of exhibitions and projects.

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Common Ground 2022

15th annual Common Ground – an exhibition showcasing the exceptional talent and diversity of Visual Artists in the Midlands today.  This year’s theme is Dark / Light.

The contrast of DARK and LIGHT is a powerful way to bring attention to your focal point. The viewer's eye will follow this contrast, helping to draw their eye into the art.  The use of extreme contrasts of light and dark in figurative compositions heightens their dramatic effect. 

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An Léas Solais
The Sunbeam

A collection of intricate, attractive drawings in which the single graphite pencil is used to maximum effect. Their visceral compositions highlight Eve’s confident technique, producing exquisite, limited-edition prints on Hahnemuehle paper with archival inks.

Accompanying selected drawings is a short poem, inspired by the work, written by Caoimhín Mac Unfraidh.

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Vincent Devine Ambigutrees series

The hidden shapes in the trees ask the viewer pause, search and spend time with the paintings until they reveal themselves.


There is more to these “trees” than meets the eye with the shapes becoming apparent after a time

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Inspired by Nature

Plant-Tastic is a project lead by Italian born, Cristina Ottonello. An artist and designer she specialises in outdoor art and in the creation of large-scale temporary installations.

For this project, she aims to give the young participants and audience members an opportunity to find out more about local plants - developing an understanding of the usefulness of plants through the lens of biomimicry and adaptation features

One Million Stars
to End Violence

One Million Stars Ireland is part of the global One Billion Stars project, founded in Australia in 2012 by artist Maryann Talia Pau after the rape and murder of an Irish woman living in Melbourne. 

Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, in association with Offaly Local Development Company will be holding a star weaving workshop on May 7th, 2022

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Do you have a project?

Do you have an idea for an artistic project we could help you bring to fruition?

Would you like to get involved with the local community to bring more art to Birr?

Do you havbe a burning desire to make and create with like minded people?

Drop us a line and we will see how we can collaborate

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